Monuments and sites Japan

Inagaki, Eizo, Ito, Nobuo, Nishimura, Yukio, Ono, Kenkichi, Sekino, Masaru, Suzuki, Kakichi, Tanaka, Migaku and Tsuboi, Kiyotari (1996) Monuments and sites Japan. Documentation. ICOMOS Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 176p. Monuments & Sites (1996), Japan, 1996. ISBN 955-613-095-0. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

From 1993 onwards ICOMOS commissioned its National Committees to write a series of monographies to its National Committees to document the individual experiences of nations in the long term in the care of their heritage. This volume is dedicated to the care of heritage in Japan. Japan's present administrative framework for historic conservation is based on a comprehensive law named Cultural Properties Protection Act, which was established in 1950 to supersede most of previous relevant laws and amended several times during the past five decades. Up to August 1995, as to monuments and sites, the central government has designated 2,125 historic buildings (3,540 individual structures), 1,339 historic or archaeological sites, and 260 places of scenic beauty as Cultural Properties of National Importance. In addition, the local authorities on both prefectural and municipal-provincial levels also have designated approximately eight thousand historic buildings, 14 thousand historic or archaeological sites, and one thousand places of scenic beauty, together with 40 districts of collective traditional buildings, as Cultural Properties of Local Importance according to their own ordinances within the above-mentioned framework. This publication, one of the Twenty Books commemorating the 11th ICOMOS General Assembly, consists of two parts. The first part describes an outline of the Japanese historic conservation system with emphasis on the background of its evolution and current legislation. The second part contains twelve scientific papers, which deal with varied issues, such as particular characters of Japanese wooden buildings, techniques in restoration work, training of conservation specialists, rescue excavation of threatened archaeological sites, and so forth, together with an introductory bibliography on historic gardens. These articles written by leading experts, will be surely informative for our ICOMOS colleagues who are interested in Japanese conservation practice. Besides the articles, some photo-illustrations of historic buildings and gardens selected from the World Heritage Sites are on the preliminary pages. Because Japan became a State Party to the Convention as late as in 1992, only 2 Natural and 4 Cultural Heritage Sites so far have been inscribed on the List, and several others are still nominated.

Item Type: Book (Documentation)
Inagaki, Eizo
Ito, Nobuo
Nishimura, Yukio
Ono, Kenkichi
Sekino, Masaru
Suzuki, Kakichi
Tanaka, Migaku
Tsuboi, Kiyotari
Ishii, Akira
Corporate Authors: ICOMOS Japan
Languages: English
Keywords: Japan; World Heritage List; wooden architecture; conservation of architecture; restoration of historic monuments; theory of conservation; theory of restoration; traditional techniques; building techniques; training of craftsmen; training of architects; authenticity; rescue archaeology; archaeological excavations; urbanization; temples; castles; historic gardens; bibliographies
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12bis. Theory of restoration
B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 03. Archaeological excavations
B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 06. Urban archaeological site
C. ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
C. ARCHITECTURE > 05. Building techniques
C. ARCHITECTURE > 06. Structures of buildings
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 04. Groups of buildings
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 10. Education and training
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 03. Archaeological sites
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 04. Architectural ensembles
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 10. Historic gardens
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
M. WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19A. Places of religion and ritual
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area, Japan; Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto , Japan; Himeji-jo, Japan; Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Japan; Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, Japan
UNESCO WHC Number: 660; 688; 661; 734; 870
National Committee: Japan
ICOMOS Special Collection: Monuments & Sites (1996)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: Japan, 1996
Number of Pages: 176
ISBN: 955-613-095-0
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2024 16:58
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 16:51

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